1. Use Your Camera’s Timer to Take Steadier Shots
It’s difficult to take a good, steady shot if you have absolutely nothing with which to stabilize your camera. This problem is exacerbated by the need to click the camera’s shutter, causing just a little extra movement that can mean the difference between a sharp and blurry photo. What’s any easy way to solve this? Use your camera’s timer function. You can click the shutter take a couple of seconds to stabilize your shot, breathe like a sniper, and you should end up with a more stable photo.
2. Create an Instant “Green Screen” with Your Computer’s Display for Quick and Dirty Background Removal
Removing complex backgrounds and setting up green screens are both tedious tasks. Fortunately, your computer monitor can act as a pretty decent alternative if you need to kill the background on something relatively small. Just place the object in front of the computer screen, snap your photo, and use the magic wand (or other selection tool) to quickly select and delete the background. Just make sure you set your exposure to compensate for the screen’s bright light or your subject will end up lost in the shadows.
3. Turn a Piece of Paper into a Simple Flash Softbox
There are plenty of options for DIY flash diffusers, but nothing is more readily available and easy to use as a sheet of paper. If you need to use a flash but hate the harsh lighting it provides, you can easily overcome this by folding a piece of paper into a softbox and placing it over your flash. This will diffuse the light and is pretty much the cheapest and easiest method around.
4. Make a DIY Macro Lens from Old Binoculars
Macro lenses are expensive, but if you’ve got a pair of old binoculars lying around you can make your own. With the lenses from the binoculars and a little electrical tape, you’ll be all set. This certainly isn’t a replacement for a real macro lens, but if you can’t afford one and want to try out macro photography, it’s a cheap way to get the job done.
5. DIY Bokeh Kit
You probably know what bokeh is: out of focus points of light that appear as soft, circle shaped blurs in the background, or foreground of shots. While bokeh is usually circular in shape, with a few modifications you can create star shaped bokeh, heart shaped bokeh, or any other shape that you can think up